How To Find A Job–Teen Edition, Part 1

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Disclaimer: Everyone has their way of job searching. This is how I have done it and what I’ve learned.

The best way to earn money is by doing something, like getting a job. But how do you get one? Keep reading, and I’ll show you some ways to find a job you want, how to apply for it, and how to go through the interview.

How to find the job you want

Before finding a job, you must figure out what you want. Do you like fashion, web design, working with children, etc.? The best way to find out is to do a Google search.

Google search your interests. These searches can lead you to a job that could become a career. Some search results will tell you about specific jobs and their pay.

Side note: If you want more in-depth info about a job or career, take a look at the Occupational Outlook Handbook. It’s a book thats compiled and distributed by the United States (U.S.) Bureau of Labor Statistics, and covers an enormous amount of jobs.

If you’re not in the U.S., you may be able to find something else in your country.

Where Can I Find the Job I Want

Well, there are many ways.

Word of Mouth: Let your family and friends know you’re looking. They might know someone who’s hiring.

School Guidance Office: Check out your school’s guidance office for part-time jobs or internships. This one I found by accident when I was in high school.

Onsite Job Boards: Check out sites like Indeed.com and Snagajob.com. I use these places as leads.  After I find a position I like, I go to the company’s website and search for careers (jobs) they have open.

The posting should tell you how to apply for the position.  If not, try applying through the company’s website.  A lot of companies are having applicants apply online. 

Community Search: Explore what’s available in your community. Visit businesses with ‘Help Wanted’ or ‘Now Hiring’ signs.

Once you decide where to work, you can apply for the job.

How Do I Apply for a Job

There are two ways.

Using a job application or a resume. A Job Application is a form or letter containing details of your qualifications, skills, and experience sent to an organization when applying for a position. 

Side note: Nowadays most companies want you to apply online. Some of them will have a form for you to fill out, and you can also attach a resume if you have one. If you don’t have a resume, don’t worry; you can still apply.

Filling out the application

When filling out the application, answer all questions honestly. If you don’t know something, write ‘IDK,’ which means ‘I don’t know.’ If  something doesn’t apply to you, write ‘NA,’ which means ‘non-applicable.’

Some applications may ask you for experience. In the Working World, anything related to the position you’re applying for can be seen as experience. 

For example, if you’re applying for a Daycare Worker position at a local daycare, experience in babysitting your neighbor’s child or looking after your siblings, extended family, or friends can be seen as experience in childcare. Put that down in the experience section.

Tell everything you did while you babysat. Such as fixed snacks, acted as a referee during TV time, or even helped the little ones in the bathroom.

The application will ask where you worked. I’d put Mr or Ms and then my parent’s name or you can say The Jones Family. Why? Because it will give that air of professional experience.

Coming next….

Now that you know what you want to do and how to go about it, you’re on the path to finding that dream job. Check out Part 2 to learn what to do before, during, and after the job interview.

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